April 2019

29 years ago, Rocket was officially launched!

On the morning of April 16, 1990, I sat down at a desk in a spare bedroom of our house and began writing the first few lines of code for the very first Rocket product.

I want to wish everyone a happy Rocket birthday. And also remind you that the three guiding principles that were important to me 29 years ago are 29 times more important to me today in 2019:

  • Create and deliver software that matters to our customers and partners.
  • Deliver differentiated and exceptional experiences and outcomes to our customers and partners.
  • And always take our commitments seriously—to our customers, to our partners, and to each other.

Thank you to our customers, our partners, and everyone in our community.
Thank you for 29 years of empathy, humanity, trust, and love.
Thank you for making Rocket Rocket.

Onward and upward as we begin our 30th year!

 

Andrew J. Youniss
President and CEO, Rocket Software, Inc.

And in the spirit of taking off, here are a few songs that express some of what I feel as we start our fourth decade.

"Learning To Fly," Tom Petty Southern rocker Tom Petty joined forces with British singer Jeff Lynne to write the biggest hit of his career – a four-chord anthem that took heartland pop to the top of the charts.

 

"Fly Away," Lenny Kravitz A perfect mix of neo-soul, funk and great lyrics makes this song sound fresh more than 20 years after its release. Bands have spent their whole careers trying to capture the magic of this one song.

"Learning To Fly," Pink Floyd The late-1980s incarnation of Pink Floyd may have upset purists, but this is one of David Gilmour’s strongest – and most optimistic – compositions. It predates Tom Petty’s song of the same name by four years.

"Learn To Fly," Foo Fighters This song took on a viral life of its own in 2015 when 1000 Italian musicians recorded a cover version and video that enticed the Foo Fighters to play a show in their small, rural town.